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With more than 200 viruses that cause the coughing and sneezing symptoms of the common cold, it’s not surprising that most adults suffer 2 to 5 colds per year whilst school children are likely to catch between 7 and ten! With little that can be prescribed by the GP to help soothe away the common cold, MedicHerb has EchinaBoost and Pelargonium in it’s armoury to help you fight the cold war this winter:

EchinaBoost is a licensed traditional herbal remedy for the symptomatic relief of colds and upper respiratory tract (nose and throat) infections. Research published in Phytomedicine demonstrates that the Liquorice and Echinacea present in EchinaBoost work in synergy to produce a higher immune boosting effect than Echinacea can achieve when used as a single herb. EchinaBoost is available as a pleasant tasting chewable tablet and can be taken regularly during the winter months. Suitable for adults and children aged 6 upwards.

Pelargonium sidoides is a species of Geranium unique to South Africa where it has long been used by Zulu warriors to relieve the symptoms and shorten the duration of coughs, colds and sore throats. MedicHerb Pelargonium is a traditional herbal remedy that contains 20 mg of Pelargonium sidoides extract which has been shown in research to inhibit bacterial reproduction, loosen mucus and increase the body’s natural defence against viral infections. Take one Pelargonium tablet at the first sign of infection, and three times daily for up to 10 days.

Dr Mike Dixon, GP and chairman of the NHS Alliance says: “People often visit their doctor with a cough, sore throat or sinusitis but there isn’t much we can do. In most cases antibiotics are of no use and the best advice is to get under the duvet, drink plenty of fluids and sweat it out.

“Antibiotics have no impact on viruses and are too often prescribed. In the case of a sore throat for instance, they are mainly ineffective and only lead to increased NHS expense and reduced effectiveness of the antibiotics when they are needed due to bacterial resistance.

“Pelargonium offers a safe, traditional alternative for these relatively minor ailments and has, unlike antibiotics, been shown to have anti-viral as well as anti-bacterial activity and may help improve the patient's own immune function.

“I often recommend herbal medicines to my patients and have found Pelargonium to be extremely useful in relieving some symptoms of a common cold. Eating a healthy balanced diet combined with sensible exercise should maintain a healthy immune system and help fend off colds, however, a herbal remedy such as Echinacea and a good multivitamin may also help keep immune systems in shape.”

MedicHerb EchinaBoost costs £5.99 for 80 tablets from Boots and Waitrose. MedicHerb Pelargonium costs £8.99 for 30 tablets from Boots. BOTH are available by mail order on: 01453 751395 or online at For further information about herbs click onto

Notes to Editors:
• Not recommended in pregnancy and breastfeeding

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